Painting and Mixed Media

Painting and Mixed Media Artists

(in alphabetical order by surname)


Marianne Braithwaite

When you paint in watercolour you really only have a small window of opportunity to make significant change.

After many years of working with watercolour, I am currently enjoying the freedom of playing with texture and form and taking as much time as I choose.

Jeanne-Marie Cantereau
- Thames Artist

I am a watercolourist artist from Thames where I have an established Studio-Gallery.

Information and work can be seen on my website: 


Shizuyo (Sue) Colquhoun
- Thames Artist

Sue was born, educated and studied art in Japan. "Painting is my friend - gives me lots of joy and thoughts".

Watercolour perfectly expresses the free side of my nature’.

Sue has won many watercolour awards.

Kay de Blaauw
Cooks Beach Artist

I came from a home that was passionate about art and this has stayed with me in adulthood.

Whenever I have a spare moment, you will find me in my studio painting.

I love to experiment with a range of styles and mediums, but my signature style is modern with bold colour and shapes. I also love to play with texture using a variety of techniques and mediums, such as textiles, gesso, metallic paints and gloss varnish.

Lately I have been exploring the layering of printed images as part of the Printmakers Combined group.


Susan Dunster
- Tairua Artist

Susan Dunster is a Tairua based painter and printmaker. She paints in a fluid, fragmented and abstract manner. She weaves vibrant colours and shapes across the surface so that things dissolve into each other. Susan seeks to express a deeper emotional and spiritual reality beneath the surface appearance of things.

Her childhood influences were her mother and grandmother, both avid craftswomen, whose skilful hands wove in colour and stitches. Susan’s exhibition history dates from the early 1990s and she has exhibited regularly, both in solo and group shows since then. Works are held in collections in NZ, Australia and abroad. Studio visits are welcome at her home on the Coromandel Peninsula. Please phone first to arrange a time – 027 6387 695.

Jacquie Ellis

A visual artist of light and colour, Jacquie's work is inspired by seasons, landscapes and seascapes, incorporating her diverse talents using oils, acrylics and pastels. 

With her subject matter always changing, the viewer will enjoy the fresh and original approach this brings to her paintings. 

Her creativity also extends to resin creations on wood and tiles, mixing and changing colours and styles to create original and unique works.  Jacquie's work is frequently published in NZ calendars.


Val Enger
Auckland Artist

My paintings are inspired by my encounter with the tumultuous nature of the NZ landscape. I enjoy the way colour and form play off each other, creating natural compositional rhythms. Colour profoundly effects on all aspects of my life, specifically, emotions and moods.

Organic forms and shapes appear everywhere I look, and they evoke a reaction that connects me to nature. The essential, biomorphic forms of the land inspire a freedom and opportunity to play and explore, searching for a visual 'truth' that finds its place between the observed and the deeply personal and transitory nature of experience.

Painting is a process of application coupled with a reductive approach that, through editing, shifts the work into an autonomous spaced of individual expression.


Jan McIvor

Bio to come...

Jewel Lynam
Thames Artist

Jewel has been an artist for 34 years. Her career started in France and continued in the USA. She has had many solo exhibits over the years.

She mainly paints without any preconceived idea in mind, creating individual paintings.


Jewel has many collectors of her work throughout the world. Presently she has work in Vienna and Munich, and is writing a book on her journey as an artist.

Paula Mc Neil
- Tairua Artist

Paula is an exhibiting artist with a nationwide reputation. She is an award-winning artist of some distinction.

She allows the viewer to enjoy their journey through the many aspects of her work. Paula works in all mediums, surprising the viewer with her diverse use of colour and approach to modernism.

Gary Nevin

Gary Nevin lives at Whenuakite and makes his versions of humans and animals.

Visit our garden gallery at 1367 State Highway 25, Whenuakite, Whitianga.

Dennis Raines

Bio to come...

Sue Dove-Steenson

Bio to come...

David Stone

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Vaughan Udall

Painter and Printer... A kauri tree stands at the entrance to his studio nestled in the native bush. It is here that he gets his inspiration working in acrylic, oil, pastels and printmaking.

The love of colour and movement is what he aims to convey in his work – a loose contempary style.

Vaughan also runs workshops.

Barbara von Seida
- Coromandel Artist

Barbara’s gallery is her cliff top home over looking Long bay, Coromandel. Her painting form part of numerous private and corporate collections.

"What you are seeing is the work of a very accomplished artist." Terry (TJ) McNamara - art critic, Mairangi Art Centre Exhib.

Colleen Waite

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Wendy Walls
- Whitianga Artist

Wendy is a full-time mixed media artist residing in Whitianga. She paints both abstract and realistic subjects in vibrant colour and rich texture, using gels, pastes, fluid acrylics and collage. See

As well as maintaining her art practice, Wendy runs mixed media art workshops in Whitianga for all levels and abilities. She is a Golden Certified Instructor for Golden Artist Colors of New York, and the driving force behind the popular Chasing Mercury Art Workshops


Lesley Weston

Lesley enjoys the natural scenery of the Coromandel which inspires creativity to her acrylic paintings.


Largely self taught she enjoys working with different styles and strives to present an original focus.

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